Tuesday 14th of November 2017 until Friday 24th of November 2017
Arabian Gulf & Emirates ex Dubai Return - 10 Nights - from $3464 per person (Share Twin).
10 Night Cruise sailing from Dubai roundtrip aboard Azamara Journey.
Venture into a world of souks and falconry, dhows, and a mosque that rivals the Taj Mahal. Sample Dubai’s culture at the opulent Burj Al Arab hotel, the Gold Souk and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Take a dhow ride along the scenic peninsula on the Strait of Hormuz and visit Muscat’s beautiful old town, beaches and famous Muttrah Souk. Shop the warren of old town bazaars and see rare oryx in Bahrain, learn the ancient sport of falconry in Qatar, and don’t miss the resplendent Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Highlights of this cruise:
Dubai can already be mistaken for a movie set featuring a futuristic metropolis, and there are big plans still in the works. In the middle of the desert where almost nothing existed 20 years ago, there are so many building projects that foreign construction crews vastly outnumber citizens. Everything is the biggest, tallest, and the first of its kind, including manmade islands shaped like palm trees and the world’s first underwater hotel. It’s a striking collection of styles, including modern interpretations of Islamic architecture. If the planet’s largest shopping mall doesn’t appeal, traditional souks do still exist, including a gold souk housing over 200 retail shops.
An important trading port between East and West since the first century, Muscat's influence once extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar. While much of the city’s construction is new, it all displays traditional Arabic stylistic elements, creating a handsome and cohesive whole that incorporates a rich history. Two seemingly invincible mountainside forts from the 1500s flank the palace of the sultan, though today they are both museums. A major highlight is the Muttrah Souq, Muscat's oldest market. Colorful and bustling, it is a fascinating place to browse, as well as to bargain for exotic spices, traditional handicrafts, or gold and frankincense.
As the capital of Qatar, Doha is a bustling and cosmopolitan city undergoing a rapid economic expansion, as evident by stunning new buildings, resorts, and sporting venues, not to mention fantastic shopping malls and revitalized souqs. One of Doha’s premier highlights is the waterfront promenade Al-Corniche, showcasing Doha Bay, city skyscrapers, and Palm Tree Island. In its efforts to become a regional hub of culture, Doha has also built a number of museums such as the Museum of Islamic Art—which in addition to featuring Islamic art from three continents spanning 1,400 years and being designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, it’s also home to the restaurant IDAM by legendary chef Alain Ducasse.
As the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest emirate by area, Abu Dhabi is home to the seat of government, the Al Nahyan royal family, and a population of approximately 20% Emirati citizens and 80% expats. But its commitment to local culture and heritage, combined with international influences, is what makes Abu Dhabi an intriguing, exciting, and hospitable mix of new and old. Be sure to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: With 82 domes, 24-carat gold-gilded chandeliers, and the world's largest hand-knotted carpet, it’s a stunning place of worship. Go for a stroll along the waterfront of Corniche Road—which features separate pedestrian and bike paths, restaurants and cafés, and Corniche Beach—enjoy a desert jeep safari, or shop to your hearts’ content at the many upscale malls and local souks throughout the city.
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